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Stephenson County using substance abuse task force to fight opioid problem

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Stephenson County has a new special task force that officials are hoping can put a stop to the area's opioid problem. 

Freeport Memorial Hospital created the task force with the Freeport Police Department, the Stephenson County Sheriff's Office and the Stephenson County Coroner. The goal of the task force is to see if people are being over prescribed. 

The police portion of the task force is hoping to determine whether large amounts of drugs are being brought to the area.

Freeport Chief of Police Todd Barkalow says the opioid problem is something his officers see on almost a daily basis. 

"We actually had a save last night where we got called to an unresponsive male," Barkalow says. "The Narcan is administered up through the nasal cavity and fortunately we made a save. And that happens far more frequently than it should."

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